Friday links 09-21-2006

Who knew? Americans are short-sighted and tend to spend what they have.

What will replace the gas tax?

Smart Transporation Investments

Virginia Roads: the Fast and the Furious – the upcoming Virginia Special Transportation Session brings the rumors, conjecture and speculation out of the woodwork.

Basically – read Bacon’s Rebellion.

Learn about the bills here. I like the “most frequently accessed” option.

Setting a maximum population for Albemarle.  I know one way to start with the reduction of the population – they could lead the charge out of Albemarle by moving and/or not having kids. The debate will be interesting and enlightening, I hope, so long as vitriol does not take a front seat. All sides could probably learn something from each other.

I really like Trulia – I really do. My listings are there. But come on –

A quick MLS search reveals that the average sales price in the past 3 months in Charlottesville (the City of) for a single-family three bedroom home is over $300k.

At least they say this:

Note: These market indicators are estimates based on properties currently for sale in Trulia’s database. Your real estate agent may have more accurate or complete data available.

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  1. Waldo Jaquith September 22, 2006 at 13:58

    Actually, in terms of reproduction rates, our population is stable. It’s the inflow of new residents that’s increasing our population.

  2. Jim Duncan September 22, 2006 at 14:07

    Waldo –

    My sarcasm aside, where do we draw the line as to who is allowed to enter? I am probably wrong, but the folks running these organizations are not “from here” – they have come, made nice lives for themselves, etc. and for that I do not begrudge them. But if we say that the optimum, maximum population is X, what happens if we are at X and then there is a rash of pregnancies? Draw straws to see who leaves? Just making the argument –

    I married in (my wife’s a native), but what about the other saps who don’t have that privilege? 🙂

  3. Pete Flint September 22, 2006 at 17:01

    Hey Jim,
    This is Pete from Trulia.
    We’re working on this, some major updates next week.
    Thanks for bearing with us.

  4. Jim Duncan September 23, 2006 at 00:16

    Pete –

    Your (and your competitors’) desire to improve rapidly and responsiveness to criticism is one of the reasons I admire you. Keep up the good work!


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